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On 3/1/2024 at 7:24 PM, throttleplate said:

There are 2 dams i will be fishing this year connected to South Dakota lakes, 1 is coming off of lake Traverse called Reservation dam holding water in Traverse and emptying into Mud lake.

Mud lake has White Rock dam holding water back from flowing into the Bois De Sioux river which flows north, eventually flowing into the Red river which runs its way north into canada. I will fish the Minnesota side not the south dakota side as that would require me buying a SD license.

 

what lake did you book on?

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On 3/1/2024 at 8:20 PM, WaskaCrank12 said:

If I ice fish at all I will go a few times a year with friends who own ice fishing houses -- this year they never brought their houses out on to the ice, so I never went at all. The two lakes closest to me, which generally have hundreds of ice fishing houses on them, had very few this year and at no time were there the usual big ice houses on those lakes. Most ppl this year had small or portable shelters and maybe brought a 4 wheeler out (one went right thru the ice) but most walked out with a sled in tow. 

As @gimruis said this seems mostly an open water crowd. I am looking forward to potentially getting out earlier than usual in the spring and doing some crappie fishing (which I have never done).

I actually ice fish quite a bit but only went 3 times this winter. I also do a lot of crappie fishing. I'm gonna be going to a little secret spot of mine today after work and see if I can catch a few. Should be interesting to see if they have come in as I will be fishing from the shore.

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2 hours ago, Blackpolar2021 said:

I actually ice fish quite a bit but only went 3 times this winter. I also do a lot of crappie fishing. I'm gonna be going to a little secret spot of mine today after work and see if I can catch a few. Should be interesting to see if they have come in as I will be fishing from the shore.

 

Same, although I think I made it out a whole 4 or 5 times.  Really glad I didn't pull the trigger on any new ice fishing gear this season.

 

Weather is looking ok this weekend, and my cheesehead license is still good until the 31st so I'll be sneaking over there to knock the rust off the bass gear.

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Grabbed my first bass of the year this week!   Just under 4 lbs.  Man, it felt good!!  Trip down to Iowa, actually 3 trips!!!  

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Well the weather finally looks like it may cooperate later this week for the first outing of the season.  I had gotten everything ready for the boat/gear almost a month ago...and then winter made a late appearance.

 

The snow is rapidly melting and temps look to rebound into the 50's by Friday.  The annual quest for a massive slab crappie is about to begin.

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1 hour ago, gimruis said:

The snow is rapidly melting and temps look to rebound into the 50's by Friday.  The annual quest for a massive slab crappie is about to begin.

I'll probably get on the water next week....but maybe some shore fishing Friday...been a bit hectic here and Bass Trek still needs a couple things before I put her on the water.

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On 3/3/2024 at 11:13 AM, FryDog62 said:

Any of you MN guys have a current discount code for Omnia Fishing? I’ve already used Pennaz15, but I think it may still work for those of you that haven’t… 

 

If you're on Facebook lookup "Bass Fishing Deal Hunters" we have a group that we created that posts deals on lures and everything else.  We also have Punch Fishing and Hellabass that provide new monthly Omnia codes. 

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Here in the Alexandria area there is still some ice on the lakes -- smaller/shallower lakes seem to have about 25 to 30 yards of ice (from the shore outward into the water) and the larger lakes about 15 to yards of ice --- also still about 4 inches of snow on the ground in many places -- I have to de-winterize the boat and do some motor prep -- so I am thinking most likely mid-April to have the boat on the water to do some crappie/bluegill/panfish searching

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2 hours ago, WaskaCrank12 said:

Here in the Alexandria area there is still some ice on the lakes -- smaller/shallower lakes seem to have about 25 to 30 yards of ice (from the shore outward into the water) and the larger lakes about 15 to yards of ice --- also still about 4 inches of snow on the ground in many places -- I have to de-winterize the boat and do some motor prep -- so I am thinking most likely mid-April to have the boat on the water to do some crappie/bluegill/panfish searching

I am still jealous.   For the lakes you have in your area, it is worth the wait.  Love Alex!!    Good luck when you get out.   I have my first tourney April 21 in Iowa.  We have slowed up our progress a lot here lately, but the weather looks much better next week.  Mid 60’s and rain.  

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Still 3 weeks from moving back into the house.  Not sure I have time to deal with the boat and relaxation even after we move back in.  Will take some time to unpack.  Jonesing to get out though!

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Today on the way back from work it looked like half dozen or more boats were out on Lake Reno -- the access points do not require docks to dunk your boat in to the lake -- I did not see anyone out on my local lake (but it has over 8,800 acres so I cannot see it all), several of the drop in points on the local lake are difficult to put your boat in without the docks being in place so it makes sense if no boats are out yet -- but that might change over the weekend as the weather is supposed to be nice on Saturday (close to 60) before dropping off to 40 and rain for Sunday/Monday -- I still have some work to do to de-winterize the boat and have it ready to go -- but will make progress towards that on Saturday -- if you can get enjoy it !!

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I went to Tonka today for about 3.5 hours.  Extremely windy out.  Water temp on the main lake is only 41 degrees.  Found 46 in the bays.  Didn't catch very many crappies.  The biggest one was a 12.5 incher my friend caught.  I think some warmer weather would help.

 

A boat nearby us piled into an enormous carp.  They said it weighed 25.5 pounds.  Its probably the biggest carp I've ever seen in person.

 

This was my first voyage of the 2024 season and luckily everything in the boat was working properly.  Always a success when nothing major fails after 6 months of storage.  April 6 is the earliest I've ever had this boat in the water to start a season.

 

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8 minutes ago, gimruis said:

Didn't catch very many crappies.  The biggest one was a 12.5 incher my friend caught.  I think some warmer weather would help.

That one would have gone home with me - nice catch.

 

Based on the houses behind - I'd say Grays or Wayzata Bay...

 

I'm looking at this coming Wednesday to get Bass Trek wet for the first time this year.

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Just now, MN Fisher said:

Based on the houses behind - I'd say Grays or Wayzata Bay...

 

Not far off.  Wayzata Bay had 2 foot rollers this afternoon.  Maybe the roughest I've ever seen out there with the wind howling.

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11 minutes ago, gimruis said:

Wayzata Bay had 2 foot rollers this afternoon.

NOT the type of water I'd take Bass Trek into - now years ago, I DID have to handle that kind of water with the old runabout...but covered bow, full windshield...it was tough, but she handled it like a champ.

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Went to our favorite dam in nd on saturday, temp was 58 and the wind was gusting at 48mph making it feel much colder, had to go back to the car and put on my cold weather pants over the pants i wore which generally keep me warm. The wind was so strong at times i had to put large rock into the tackle box to keep in from blowing away.

 

Caught only walleye, wife caught a 24 incher and we released her to spawn while we kept the others to eat. Bobber and minnows were the ticket, couldnt get anything to bite the mimic minnow plastics or moon eye jig. Lost one mimic and 1 moon eye to snags. the river is extremly low and no measurable moisture is coming.

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A tough but good day by the water...nice fish there Mrs. Throttle....

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1 hour ago, throttleplate said:

the river is extremly low and no measurable moisture is coming.

No moisture there? I thought it was raining and snowing there most of the day today. Maybe the wrong part of the state…

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3 hours ago, gimruis said:

No moisture there? I thought it was raining and snowing there most of the day today. Maybe the wrong part of the state…

on off drizzle.

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Watch water temps take an up-tick this weekend

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Looks like a possible multi-day slow moving low pressure system to the region next week.  Here is the GFS model for rain fall.  Glorious moisture!

 

NOAA GFS precipitation output

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8 minutes ago, gimruis said:

Looks like a possible multi-day slow moving low pressure system to the region next week. 

While I welcome the moisture - doesn't look good to get Bass Trek in the water before that...and not during that.

 

Not that I'm adverse to fishing in the rain - if it's light or a drizzle...my rainsuit isn't the top-dollar one most of you guys have so I don't want to test it in a downpour.

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2 minutes ago, MN Fisher said:

Not that I'm adverse to fishing in the rain - if it's light or a drizzle...my rainsuit isn't the top-dollar one most of you guys have so I don't want to test it in a downpour.

 

I also don't think that a drop in temps with low pressure is good for the bite in the spring.  I think warmth and sun is far better this time of year.

 

When we get to midsummer, then I welcome the incoming low pressure.  It often ignites a furious aggressive bite prior to arrival.

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On 3/16/2024 at 8:41 AM, Fishin Dad said:

Grabbed my first bass of the year this week!   Just under 4 lbs.  Man, it felt good!!  Trip down to Iowa, actually 3 trips!!!  

Okoboji?

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